From Our Soundbooth | August 29, 2017

We’re excited to share with you the poetry entry that won our 2017 Miller Audio Prize Contest: “Crossings” by Michael Jennings.

Here’s what Michael had to say about his project, “This recording was taken from a book, Crossings: A Record of Travel, that chronicles a journey through long years and many landscapes. As a poet devoted to the primacy of the oral experience, it was extremely gratifying to win first prize in the Miller Audio Prize Contest and have my poems appear in this format.”

Michael Jennings was born in the French Quarter of New Orleans and grew up in east Texas and the deserts of southwestern Iran before attending the University of Pennsylvania as an undergraduate and Syracuse University as a graduate Fellow. He is the author of 10 books of poetry, most recently Crossings: A Record of Travel, winner of the 2016 Central New York Book Award for Poetry. He is also a world-renowned breeder and judge of Siberian Huskies, and author of three books on the breed. He has taught English and Writing at Cayuga Community College since 1993. He lives with his wife, poet Suzanne Shane, and their dog pack on Otisco Lake in Upstate New York.

“Crossings” by Michael Jennings: